Green Bay bends Baltimore, Brady runs dry with New Orleans

Day 15: surprise Detroit in Arizona, Pittsburgh comeback Tennessee. For the first time in 15 years and 255 games the quarterback to zero with his attack

Riccardo Pratesi


Green Bay bends Baltimore in the photo finish and chokes it in the playoff perspective, Detroit lands the surprise by dominating Arizona, Pittsburgh remains clinging to the season by recovering Tennessee. Above all, historical fool for Tom Brady and the Bucs, reigning champions on Sunday Night: the best attack in the league loses at home without scoring even a shred of a point, against historical rivals, the New Orleans Saints, albeit in a reduced version. These are the headlines of the 15th Sunday NFL, electrifying.

Baltimore-Green Bay 30-31

It had to be the very match, in front of teams at the head of their respective Divisions, it did not betray the expectations. Although the Ravens (8-6) were without Jackson, the starting quarterback, and with the secondary decimated. With 42 ”on the clock they tried the 2-point touchdown conversion to win: incomplete on the Huntley-Andrews axis. To the relief of the Packers (11-3) who mathematically conquer NFC North and thus the playoffs. They had made a comeback from above 31-17 despite a spectacular Rodgers, capable of throwing for 3 tries, by Adams, Jones and Valdes Scantling hooking Favre: for both 442 touchdowns, now shared franchise record. The defense, however, got sliced ​​by Huntley who launched for 2 tries and ran for as many, and Andrews: 136 yards of tricks. Coach Harbaugh dared, he turned out to be a boomerang. The Ravens, overtaken by Cincy in AFC North, would be out of the playoffs today.

Tampa Bay-New Orleans 0-9

Epochal fool for Tampa and Brady. The quarterback after 255 games, he had not happened to him since 2006 against Miami, remains dry with his attack, the best NFL so far for points and touchdowns scored. Disintegrated by the defense of the Saints (7-7) who beat the divisional rivals for the seventh time in a row in the regular season and are relaunched in a playoff key. The guest pass rush dominates, especially thanks to Jordan who forces a fumble to Brady, intercepted by Gardner-Johnson. There’s more: Tampa (10-4) loses Brady’s first three targets through injury: Godwin, Evans and Fournette. Match that can cost the season in terms of seeding playoffs. The flaws of a mediocre coaching staff, as soon as key players died, emerged ferocious. The Saints have won practically without attack, without both starting tackles and without Coach Payton, stopped by Covid and replaced by Allen, his first assistant. Unthinkable.

Pittsburgh-Tennessee 19-13

The pride of the Steelers (7-6-1) is monumental. Fold in comeback, from 3-13 at the interval, the Titans (9-5) forcing 4 turnovers, keeping them without points in the second half. The remains of Roethlisberger manage to transform a sneak into a goal and in the final, with 44 ”to play, a perfect tackle from Haden denies the guests the conversion of a 4th down. Schobert’s interception and fumbles recovered by Fitzpatrick, Watt and Haden are featured. The Titans run with Foreman, but they get stuck on the coolest: in AFC South, they have to watch their backs from Indy.

Detroit-Arizona 30-12

Et voila, the surprise is served. The mediocre Lions (2-11-1) dismantle the Cardinals (10-4) without a technical logic. They put their soul into it, Goff unleashes a performance as a former absolute first choice of the Draft, Murray messes like in his worst days, frenetic and inaccurate. 17-0 at half-time, there is never a match. Without the injured Hopkins Arizona seems lost in attack, and is thus overtaken by Dallas in the Conference hierarchy. And with a complicated calendar …

Other games

Dallas wins at home Giants 21-6: better defense of the attack, Buffalo overwhelms Carolina 31-14 at a distance, Miami wins for the sixth time in a row, beating the New York Jets 31-24. Houston overwhelms Jacksonville 30-16, whose problem was not (only) the exonerated Coach Meyer, San Francisco spreads 31-13 against Atlanta using the usual recipe: defense and pass rush. Cincinnati wins in Denver 15-10: the Bengals mature, the Broncos lose Bridgewater, released on a stretcher.

Playoff scenarios

Four games to play to close the 15th day, here are the current playoff qualifiers. AFC: 1) Kansas City (10-4), 2) New England (9-5) 3) Tennessee (9-5) 4) Cincinnati (8-6) 5) Indianapolis (8-6) 6) LA Chargers ( 8-6) 7) Buffalo (8-6). NFC: 1) Green Bay * (11-3) 2) Dallas (10-4) 3) Tampa (10-4) 4) Arizona (10-4) 5) LA Rams (9-4) 6) San Francisco ( 8-6) 7) New Orleans (7-7).

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Green Bay bends Baltimore, Brady runs dry with New Orleans

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